UPDATE: 12 p.m. ET Suspect Steve Stephens shot and killed himself Tuesday in Erie County, Pennsylvania, as state police attempted a traffic stop “after a brief pursuit.” Pennsylvania State Police will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The children of a 74-year-old man whose brutal murder was streamed on Facebook Easter Sunday are publicly forgiving the killer, citing their father’s devotion to God.
In an interview on CNN on Monday, a son and two daughters of Robert Godwin Sr. said they held no bitterness in their hearts toward Steve Stephens, 37, the murder suspect who shot and killed their father in Cleveland on Sunday and then posted a video of the killing on Facebook. Authorities are appealing to the public for tips as they conduct a nationwide search for Stephens who remains at large.
“Each one of us forgive the killer,” said Tonya Godwin-Baines told Anderson Cooper in the interview, “we want to wrap our arms around him.”
Likewise, Debbie Godwin said she “could not [forgive] if I did not know God. If I didn’t know Him as my God and my Savior, I could not forgive that man.”
“It’s just the way my heart is, it’s the right thing to do,” she said. “And so, I just would want him to know that even in his worst state, he’s loved, you know, by God, that God loves him, even in the bad stuff that he did to my dad. That he’s still loved. And that he has some worth while, even though he’s gonna have to go through many things to get better, there’s worth in him.”
“And as long as there’s life in him, there is hope for him too,” Godwin said.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post